Rural Veterans Coordination Program
The Rural Veterans Coordination Program (RVCA) is taking the extra step to give veterans in rural communities better access to the healthcare and other benefits they are entitled to due to their service to the country.
The program offers easier access to disability compensation, education and training, life insurance, home loans, healthcare and any sort of additional information that vets may be seeking by offering a community representative to be able to better explain the sometimes extensive amount of government paperwork.
The RVCP is responsible for locating veterans in rural communities and assisting them in any way possible to receive the benefits awarded to those who serve more than 180 days in the Armed Forces by providing a wide array of information.
Individual Unemployability Explained
The literature is clear, a veteran who is in receipt of Individual Unemployability (IU) benefits may work as long as it is not considered substantially gainful employment. The employment a veteran holds must be considered marginal employment. Substantially gainful employment is defined as employment at which non-disabled individuals earn their livelihood with earnings comparable to the particular occupation in the community where the veteran resides. Marginal employment is generally deemed to exist when a veteran’s earned income does not exceed the amount established by the U.S. Census Bureau as the poverty level for the veteran only. If a veteran is approved by the VA for IU, not only do they receive the 100% service-disabled rate of pay but they may also receive additional benefits including health insurance for their dependents, Property Tax Credit, a service-disabled Military ID card and a $10,000 life insurance policy with a waiver on monthly premiums.
New Website for Dependents
The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has created a new internet website for surviving spouses and dependents of military personnel who died on active duty and for survivors and dependents of veterans who died after leaving the service. The site is organized into two broad categories-death in service and death after service. It provides visitors with information and about a wide range of benefits for surviving spouse, dependent children, and dependent parents of diseased veterans and active duty personnel. The site also has information from, and links to, other federal agencies and organizations that offer benefits and services to survivors and dependents. The new website can be found at http://www.vba.va.gov/survivors.
When To Reopen A Claim
Should changes be made to the current presumptive disability list, a veteran could reopen a claim at any time, and at no charge. Getting assistance from a competent VSO may be beneficial.
Check Status of Your Claim Online
For the first time in the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), veterans may now use their My HealtheVet credentials to access online services from across the VA’s complex web on Vets.gov. Essentially, all veterans who’ve registered with MyHealtheVet can easily logon with their userID and password, to refill a prescription, make an appointment, check their claim status, check status of an appeal, and apply for benefits that help them pay for college and VA training programs.
PDBR Mandates Disability Reevaluation
Many medically-discharged veterans who had their disability rating "low-balled" by their service branch may be missing out on an opportunity to have their disability upgraded. In 2009 Congress mandated that a Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) be formed to reevaluate the disability ratings of up to 71,000 veterans. However, to date only about 19,000 of the eligible veterans have applied for a review.
See a certified VSO for consultation.